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After a couple of months of ardent struggle over the last few chapters of my first draft, I kind of hit a break through this weekend. 216 more words


Guardian First Book award longlist

We love the Guardian First Book award as it throws up great new authors to try, both fiction and non fiction. Here’s the lists with some blurb about the books… 703 more words


The Project (with a capital P).

I remember my mother sitting on the couch, night after night.

Between glances at the TV show the rest of us were watching intently she did needle point, stitching reproductions of motifs from the medieval Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. 753 more words

Adrian Fogelin

First novels

Why is it that some first novels just aren’t very good? I mean, most firsts I’ve read are at least publishable in quality, but sometimes it’s only just. 909 more words

Writing Stuff

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

This book worked on so many different levels. It’s a great example of fantasy that transcends the genre, ultimately telling a story of immigrants in turn of the century New York who are struggling to fit in. 666 more words

Highly Recommended

life drawing

If you’re looking for a good book–a sure thing, a book you can sink down into and a world you can get lost in–you’re in luck. 588 more words

Craft Of Writing

"Lacey's house" by Joanne Graham

A beautifully written, well crafted, debut “Lacey’s house” is a novel told in two voices.  Alternate chapters introduce us to Rachel — a young, single, and solitary artist who has just miscarried — and Lacey, an elderly women with a horrific past who is shunned socially.   397 more words

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